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Welcome Letter and Expectations

Academic Literacy: 140 Characters / Myths / CNN Student News

ELA:  Inform & Explain / Central Idea / Text Structure

Social Studies: G R A P E S / Ancient Egypt/ Ancient India

World Music Drums: / Folk Tales / Eja Osan/ Proverbs

Advisory:  BIC / Council / Community Service / Culmination

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Welcome to International!

Middle school can be as bewildering as it is exhiliarating. It is your time to "take chances, make mistakes. get messy," while also learning to organize, follow through, be on time, invest in self control, and glue yourself to topics so you learn as much as you can!

Please read below for more details about what you need to bring to class. Most of these supplies will be used in all of your classes. If you have any questions about the school or your courses, please E-mail me.

My hope is that you will continue to develop your knowledge about the world while increasing your skills to flourish in the global environment. This year I will be teaching English Language Arts, Social Studies, Academic Literacy, World Music Drums, and Advisory in room 102.


          Mr. Forfar

p.s. This site is now primarily for 6th graders, visit ISLC Span School if you are looking for more information about grades 6-12.


"The earth is a beehive; we all enter by the same door but live in different cells."
Proverb by Bantu Pygmies


Classroom Community
Class Rules:
1. Be Friendly
2. Challenge yourself ... learn

Procedures for beginning class:
1) Enter class quietly
2) Unpack, organize supplies
3) Copy HW from HW white board (by the door)
4) Start & complete the warm-up written on the front white board
5) Be ready to discuss your thoughtful answers

drg75pxWhat to bring to class each day (from Day 1)

• Supply box or supply bag
SEPARATE notebooks for each class you have
• 3 ring binder with 5 section dividers
• 20-50 sheets of 3-hole punched lined writing paper
• 2 BLUE OR BLACK Pen for ALL writing assignments (ERASABLE PEN recommended)
• 2 PENCILS & erasers

• Handheld pencil sharpener with cover
• Color Pencils (Crayola Twistables recommended)
• Glue Sticks

• Plastic 6" ruler
• Safety scissors
• Highlighters
• 'White Out' tape
• Small stapler and staples
• Daily Agenda (school supplied)
• Leisure reading book
• TEXTBOOK (only when scheduled)

• The average weight for a 6th grade backpack is 18.4 lbs! Please read this informative article about backpacks!

Classroom Survival Kit (Optional)

  • Gallon size baggie
  • Bottled Water
  • Kleenex
  • Lip Balm
  • Puzzle Book
  • Hand Sanitizer


Important to Know:
1) Saving assignments in your Notebook or Binder: Students are required to save all home and class learning in their individual 3 ring binders or notebooks for each class. There will be a periodic binder / notebook check.

2) Extra Credit assignments are not accepted the last 3 weeks of each semester.

Taking words off of a website or out of a book without giving credit to your source is cheating. Copying or allowing someone else to copy is cheating. “Sharing answers” is cheating unless you are working together on a group project.

4) Assignments:
• are created to help you learn through your innovations and thoughts
some will be graded for accuracy and development, while others will measure the level of
    student mastery and learning

• are designed for practice and some will not receive points
• will sometimes be evaluated by you and your fellow students
• can be for building knowledge that will help with future assignments not to mention, tests or projects
• are checked for timely submission and effort.


~ Students and parents can access their grades online after they sign up at the school for a training.
Grades can then be found at: https://jupitergrades.com/login/

~ Report cards / progress reports are sent home every 4-5 weeks during the fall and spring semester.

~ Unlike elementary, the letter grades A, B, C, D, F are used instead of the numbers (4, 3, 2, 1)
  ISLC uses the LAUSD grading scale:
(90%-100%= A) (80% - 89%= B) (70% -79% = C) (60% -69% = D) (below 60%=F)

~ Grades Categories:

• 40 % - Essay ,Test, Project, Culminating Task
• 30 % - Class Practice (warm ups, thinking on paper, rough drafts, notebooks)
• 20% - Quiz
• 10 % - Home Practice
(unless part of a larger project / assignment)

~ Work Habits and Cooperation:
'E' (excellent) 'S' (satisfactory) and 'U' (unsatisfactory)

For Work Habits
missing 0-2 assignments = "E"
missing 3-4 assignments = "S"
missing 5+  assignments = "U"

For Cooperation:
0-1 detentions (lunch or after school) = "E"
2-3 detentions (lunch or after school) ="S"
more than 3 detentions (lunch or after school) ="U"

NOTE: Having U's on your report card effects your priveleges for activities such as:
Free Dress Day, Dances, Field Trips, etc.

1) Schedule a meeting after school to discuss your proposal.
2) Sign a contract that includes your proposal and completion schedule
3) Please note that extra credit assignments are not accepted the last 3 weeks of either semester.

Samples of previous extra credit:


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Projects are accomplished both in and out of the classroom. Big project due dates are posted several weeks ahead of time with a schedule and syllabus.

1) Will usually take 10-20 minutes almost always.
2) Needs to be completed and saved in your class notebook.
3) The daily assigned homework is meant for practice, preparation, & challenge.
4) Beyond that, I recommend you read at least 20 minutes every day.

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Late Assignments

• During the fall semester weeks 1-8
, students receive 60% credit for late work turned in up to 2 days late
• During the fall semester weeks 9-16, students receive 60% credit for late work turned in up to 1 day late
• No late work is accepted Spring Semester! (this is to prepare you for 7th grade where late work is not

1) If you miss an assignment:

a) call / text / email your "study buddy" to ask what you missed or
check the homework board on the side of the room or
c) Email Mr. Forfar

2) Students are responsible to make up any class/home work they miss. This includes tests!

3) Students with a verified absence (e.g. illness or funeral) will be given extra time and full credit if completed

How Can I Improve My Grade?      
Check "the 10 list":
1.   Do I start class right away copying down the homework and starting the warm-up?
2.   Is my binder (or notebook) organized so it's easy to find what I need in a few seconds?

3.   Do I use my class time wisely? (e.g. If I finish early, do I go back and review or think about
      what I’m learning?)
4.   Am I using my agenda and turning in my projects / assignments on time?

5.   Do I ask questions when I "don't get it?"  
6.   Do I read books besides the ones assigned in class?
4.   Do I double-check my projects / assignments for mistakes?

8.   Do I use a dictionary or thesaurus when I don't understand words?
9.   What are my study habits for tests/quizzes?

        (e.g. did I review my notes and text more than one day in advance? Do I use flash cards?)

• A student will be counted as tardy if they are not in their seat with their supplies out and begining class procedures at class start time.
• Students will receive detention after the second tardy which in turn will effect their cooperation grade.

One of our main goals here at ISLC is to encourage all students to feel capable, significant, and academically challenged, while at the same time helping them to gain a global view of life, for the future, past, and present. Please inform us of any difficulties your child may be experiencing whether academic, social, or personal, and we will do the same if we notice anything at school.
Again, I look forward meeting you on Back to School Night!



Trust ~ Respect ~ Emotional & Physical Safety

Students can help all other members of the school by being prepared, focused, honest and respectful.
Students who disrupt the learning community may be asked to stay 10 minutes after school. On some occasions a student may be asked to stay longer than 10 minutes. If this is the case, the teacher will give the student a form notifying her/his parents the date the student is required to stay longer than 10 minutes. If a student continues to be disruptive, she or he will be referred to the school principal and additional parent contact will be made.




A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song."
~ Chinese Proverb

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